Derek Llambias Resigns From Newcastle United


Newcastle United’s Managing Director Derek Llambias has resigned from his role at the Tyneside club.

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Derek LLambias – has resigned today

So what Joe Kinnear was saying on Monday night in his rant on talkSPORT –  that Derek would resign or had resigned – is in fact true, and Joe Kinnear is now the sole executive at Newcastle United although there may be more shoes to fall.

This is the statement on the Newcastle official website:

“The club can announce that Managing Director, Derek Llambias, has resigned from his position with immediate effect.”

Derek said:

“I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times. I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the North East and, in me, Newcastle United have a lifelong supporter.”

“I want to thank the staff for their hard work, our fans for their support of the club, and wish them all well for the future.”

A former casino boss, Derek started his role at Newcastle when he replaced then Chairman Chris Mort in May of 2008, and after his first twelve months at the club, Newcastle were relegated.

And he oversaw one of the worst periods in Newcastle’s history when Kevin Keegan resigned in September of 2008, after a spat involving then Director of Football Dennis Wise,  and eventually Joe Kinnear came in as interim and then permanent manager.

On April 1st, Alan Shearer took over as manager after Joe had heart problems, but he couldn’t save the club and we were relegated for the first time from the Premier League.

Derek did oversee a positive change in the club, by getting our finances in order, and Newcastle are now in good shape financially, although Derek was never popular with Newcastle fans.

Somebody will have to run the business and financial side of the club – and that’s not Joe Kinnear surely.

If no other executive is appointed it would seem to make things a lot easier for Alan Pardew – but we have to believe this is not the end of the changes at Newcastle.

This is the second big shock in as many days – after Joe Kinnear was appointed Director Football, but somebody has to be brought in as the Chief Executive or Chairman of the club, and that cannot be Joe Kinnear – can it?

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77 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Not all doom and gloom today then.

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  • Jonny

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    First game, away at city.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s a bad day when you aren’t pleased that Llambias has left the club! Looks like all the action this summer is going to be in the boardroom. This is an absolute shambles!

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  • G

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    @ post 2. Not the start I fancied, but at least we get the inevitable toning out of the way fast. You never know, the new manager might be a spectacular failure? Here’s hoping anyway.

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  • always look on the bright side of life

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Makes you think was he pushed or did he walk. Was it as a result of Kinnear coming in or was this the reason Kinnear came in as he suggested Llambias had already resigned? TBH Im not fussed he has gone really but concerned we now have Kinnear as the only executive left!

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  • jammylambo

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    joe kinnear has also taken us out of the race to sign douglas because he has identified other targets. what was wrong with douglas ffs.

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  • Jonny

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Away at Sunderland- oct 26

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  • Teamstoof

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8
  • Sawbuck

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    You’d never have known he was there at all. The phantom of St James Park.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Errr now this is just starting to get ridiculous. As much as I dislike llambias, who is taking over the finance side of things? Kinnear?

    Will all this turmoil conflict with our transfer interests?

    Will this summer just end!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Man City away oh F**k – As usual – Get now’t at Eastlands

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  • G

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #12

    I am actually quite happy that DL has left. I don’t like the man and his ‘you don’t know just how horrible we can be?’ attitude to the fans. MA surely won’t let JFK do DL’s job, so presumably somebody else is coming in as MD. Any thoughts?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew was a Llambias Man?

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  • Jonny

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #14

    So we have a decent start, a good Christmas period with winnable home games for once but a very tough last couple of games.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #15

    well looking at the fixtures we should have 6 points out of the 1st 9 as a MINIMUM !!

    Should be no excuses we should be taking West Ham and Fulham at home and properly give City a game away because I think they will start slowly as it will take Pelegrinni time to implement his methods which are quite attacking which should leave them a bit soft at the back

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  • always look on the bright side of life

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #16

    I am hoping against all the odds that Llambias will be replaced by Chris Mort, now that would be a step in the right direction.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #17

    12 points after the first 6 games should be achievable if we pull our finger out.

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  • jeff

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Hello

    This is not good news, trust me

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Chris Mort replaced by Derek Llambias, replaced by Joe Kinnear, replaced by Mickey Mouse, logically.

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  • WesJameson

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #20

    @ always look on the bright side of life // Jun 19, 2013 at 9:08

    Well said mate, that would be fantastic….

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #21

    G – I agree! I’m not sad to see him leave. He is arrogant and basically a very unlikable person. He doesn’t contribute in a positive way to our transfers, and in fact has damaged some with his actions.

    This is the start of the overhaul…!

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  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #22

    My job is done. He always was the weakest
    link- goodbye!
    We need Chris Mort back.

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  • SouthLincsToon

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #23

    I guess we’ll need a new MD now.
    I’d vote for Frank Clark – geordie, former too player and been chairman before (Forest)

    @jammylambo – Once Colo committed himself to the club I think Douglas deal was dead-in-the-water

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  • WesJameson

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #24

    @ jeff // Jun 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Why do you say that? ITK about something mate? 🙂

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  • fog on the tyne

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Been told from good friend club is being sold, john halls name has been mentioned. Watch this space…..

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  • G

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Chris Mort is a good shout, by his own admittance, not a football man, but neither was DL. At least Chris Mort communicated with us, and justified his decisions. I would take him back if he’s up for the gig.

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  • always look on the bright side of life

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #27

    at least Mort spoke to the fans, was honest and likeable, although cant see him coming back unless Ashley has asked him to come back in the short term to help out.

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #28

    Personal opinion on this. Llambias was the f**k up in thevtransfer negotiations. Ash brings in kinnear to take over the club oriented side of llambias’ role while Mike himself gets involved in the monetary aspects just like in january

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #29

    fog on the tyne

    Why bring the joker then

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  • Sawbuck

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Why do people think that Chris Mort had some kind of soft spot for us? He always looked uncomfortable, like a more educated Michael Owen.

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  • G

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #31

    @25, those rumours were doing the rounds at the weekend. Given John Halls state of health I doubt very much there is any truth to them. All in favour of the club being sold, as long as it isnt to Shepphard, Venkys or the idiot at QPR.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #32

    I’d like to see a footballing chairman installed now. The best clubs have people running the clubs who know and understand the business of football.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #33

    Mort would be good to have back, but I’m pretty sure he left as he didn’t like being in the spotlight and in the industry….

    Didn’t take long to prove you right this time Torq! 🙂

    FogontheTyne,
    Sir John couldn’t afford to buy the club. It would need a consortium, maybe him Barry Moat and A.N Other.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #34

    Anybody see villa are asking £8mil for Darren bent?’?!??

    Same price as loic Remy….! Oh dear…

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  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #35

    Torq
    Don’t sugar coat it. He is incompetent.
    He screwed up in January by dragging
    his feet. All those criticising and laughing
    about Kinnear daft comments he said
    Lambias had gone. It was just the timing
    he got wrong-LOL.
    The balance has shifted towards football
    people. A gagging order on Joe and away
    we jolly well go!

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #36

    If Ash himself took over the financial side or Mort, I’d be delighted – fat f@cken chance.

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  • Santon03

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #37

    There is going to be changes in transfer policies, probably age limitations and negotiation style.
    I don’t think Kinnear has the same style as Llambias.
    Llambias is kind of hard negotiator, he wouldn’t go for extra 3 or 4mil to get a player.
    And I think the writting is on the wall for Llambias when when he failed to get Remy, Ashely took over and get 5 players in without dilly dally.

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  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #38

    Torq
    Lets get back to your pearls of football
    news.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #39

    hope joe f((((g kinnear sees we hav city 1st … n trys to bring in class players

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Lilo – Don’t tell ‘Hatem’ that mate! He will have meltdown. 🙂

    Sack Lambias (apt name!!) – Very true. I think you are right. We have stepped away from a business slightly and moved nearer to a footballing club.

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